Stimulus support from the Australian Government will help Moreton Bay Regional Council deliver 57 priority projects worth nearly $52.5 million by the end of the year.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said Phase 2 of the Federal Government’s Local Road and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program will build on the $5 million from Phase 1 to see a further $15.6 million invested into improving transport networks and community facilities across the region.
“This program supports local councils to deliver priority infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“The third phase of our highly-successful LRCI program will continue to support local jobs and businesses at a time it is needed most.
“We are investing in vital programs like this under our record $110 billion infrastructure investment pipeline, part of our Economic Recovery Plan to secure Australia’s world-leading economic recovery.”
Moreton Bay Region Mayor Peter Flannery said the funding will bring forward projects in the Council’s pipeline and create hundreds of local jobs.
“This additional funding will see $52.5 million worth of projects delivered this year and will create more than 800 jobs,” Cr Flannery said.
“I’d like to thank the Australian Government for their ongoing support and investing more than $20 million into Moreton Bay Region through both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the LRCI Program.
“Council can now fast-track local infrastructure projects to be completed by the end of 2021.”
Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton said the LRCI program is a direct way the Australian Government is working with Moreton Bay Regional Council to improve access and safety on local roads, footpaths and cycle ways.
“While the Australian Government has been working to protect Australians from the pandemic, we believe it’s just as important to help keep the local economy strong,” Mr Dutton said.
“A key focus of the LRCI Program was improving connectivity across Moreton Bay Region’s transport network.”
Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said an investment into local infrastructure is an investment for the future.
“The resilience of our communities shone through during the pandemic, so it’s important to invest in community hubs and facilities that bring people together,” Mr Howarth said.
“We’ve worked with Moreton Bay Regional Council to identify priority community infrastructure and local roads projects that will deliver benefits for the community come 2022.”
Federal Member for Longman Terry Young said if there’s one thing locals missed more than ever during this pandemic; it’s being outdoors.
“This funding will help promote an active and healthy lifestyle for our residents by improving local sporting and recreation facilities, including the new clubhouse for the Peterson Road facility, netball courts at Burpengary and the skate park at Morayfield,” Mr Young said.
“From upgrading playgrounds, installing new fitness equipment and building much-needed sporting infrastructure, we want locals to play and exercise without travelling too far away from home.”
The Australian Government will also provide Moreton Bay Regional Council with a further $10 million from the 2021-22 Budget for Phase 3 LRCI projects, which will be available from January 1, 2022. Projects funded under Phase 3 will be announced later this year.
Projects in our Community:
Transport improvements at Station Road, Burpengary: This project will improve pedestrian and cyclist’s connectivity and road user safety.
Netball court renewal at Burpengary Sports Complex: The project will renew the court surface allowing conditions to improve public safety while providing healthy lifestyle options to residents.
Skate park renewal at Sheep Station Creek, Morayfield: The project will involve a full rebuild to create a major skate facility.
Pedestrian crossing and traffic improvements at Alma Road, Dakabin: The project includes the delivery of a pedestrian refuge island and kerb ramps that will improve connections to North Pine Christian College and a bus stop.
Park upgrade at Carramar Reserve, Dakabin: The project scope includes the construction of a park upgrade which includes playgrounds, barbeque and seating areas, pathways and landscaping.
Sporting complex upgrade at Peterson Road, Morayfield: The project scope includes the demolition of the existing clubhouse and construction of Stage 1 of a shared clubhouse comprising of four multi-purpose change rooms, public amenities, offices, kitchen and multipurpose clubroom with elevated viewing decks and tiered seating looking over existing Northern and Southern fields.
Building upgrade of Deception Bay Community Hall: Provide an accessible, more functional, safe district-level community hall with increased hire capacity for the benefit of the local community, surrounds and Moreton Bay Region.
Pathway construction at The Crescent and Selby Street, Kallangur: The scope of works includes the construction of a 1.5 metre wide concrete footpath.
Playground renewal at Kingfisher Park, Kallangur: Renewal of the combination unit and swing.
Missing link pathway at Golden Avenue, Kallangur: This project will deliver a 320 metres pathway link between Anzac Avenue and Cecily Street along Golden Avenue, Kallangur.
Missing link pathway at Cecily Street, Kallangur: This project will deliver a 165 metres pathway link between Golden Avenue and Cecily Street along Cecily Street, Kallangur.
Playground renewal at Joe Kruger Park, Kallangur: Renewal of the older playground equipment.
Kallangur Memorial Bowls Club deck: Design and construction of a new deck facility attached to the southern side of the bowls club to increase the functionality and useability of the deck area and reduce maintenance costs
Playground installation at Haiti Park, Kallangur: Reinstallation of a playground that meets current compliance standards.